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Top four stadiums that have been fortresses for home teams

deebak mohan
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Supersport Park, Centurion is South Africa's fortress: Beat 'em if you can
Supersport Park, Centurion is South Africa's fortress: Beat 'em if you can

The percentage of wins earned by touring sides in Tests has been dismal since the inception of the game. The win percentage of the visiting side has stayed in the range of 20% to 30% for the past century.

In the 2010s, the winning percentage of touring side is 27%. It hasn't improved drastically from the last decade which stands at 23%. While the pitches in Australia and South Africa offer bounce, the tracks in England and New Zealand offer plenty of swing. In India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh spinners dominate the game from the ball go.

If playing on different surfaces isn't challenging enough, the balls are different too. While India uses SG ball, England uses Dukes ball. Kookaburra is used in all other parts of the world.

There are some grounds in the world where the opponents have struggled for decades. Here is the list of four grounds which acts as a fortress for home teams.


#1 SuperSport Park - South Africa

Win Percentage: 78.26

Draw Percentage: 13.04

Loss Percentage: 8.70

SuperSport Park is in Centurion, South Africa. This ground is hosting games since 1995 and is considered to have some of the best players' facilities in the world. There have been 23 Test matches played in this ground since then. Out of the 23 games, South Africa has won 18 games losing just two. They lost only to England in 2000 and Australia in 2014 in their 23-year history.

The Proteas has the habit of winning big in this ground. Eight of their 18 wins are innings victories. No touring side except Australia was comfortable in this ground. Recently, South Africa beat India by 135 runs in the latest series.

The pitch is a heaven for the fast bowlers as the leading wicket-takers are all fast-bowlers. Dale Steyn is leading the pack with 56 wickets with Ntini is in the close 2nd.

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